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Poster: -FP- Date: Jan 6, 2004 3:40am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Question about music in the Archive films

Even though the posted films are listed as 'public domain', I wonder about their soundtrack music. Some of it is almost certainly from needle-drop libraries which may still be commercially available. Is it safe to rip and use the scores from these films, or are they subject to music rights restrictions?

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Poster: adelmand Date: Jan 10, 2004 10:34am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Question about music in the Archive films

Here's a quote from "the public domain" a nolo book by Stephen Fishman:

"Most theatrical films contain music, including background music and songs. It may seem amazing, but no court has ever decided the question of whether music included in a film that was not renewed is also in the public domain."

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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Jan 11, 2004 2:25am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Question about music in the Archive films

There is a notable exception to that.

"It's A Wonderful Life" had lapsed into public domain because the studio didn't renew the copyright. The film became popular because it was inexpensive for TV stations to show. The studio acquired the musical rights to the soundtrack of the film and now, while the film is PD, the music is not.

If I were filthy rich, I'd pay somebody to remove music and create an Open Source version of the film. :)

Here's a link that addresses this potential "trouble spot":

http://fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/chapter8/8-b.html

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Poster: cashel Date: Jan 11, 2004 6:52pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Question about music in the Archive films

because of a more liberal law, in Australia, the legal dvd of *its a wonderful life* sells for less than five us dollars.. Also we can get older movie titles on dvd that are not available in U.S.A